Theresa May is showing contempt for Palestinian rights as she rolls out the red carpet for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

Rather than deepening the UK’s relationship with Israel’s human rights abusing government, it’s time Theresa May reminded herself of the UK’s obligations under international law, which if enforced, would block her Government from approving arms exports and other trade that lends material support to Israeli violations.

This article was first carried by The Independent 6 February 2017.

“Theresa May welcomes Benjamin Netanyahu to Downing Street today, just days after the Israeli Prime Minister announced plans for thousands of new illegal settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The UK Government’s contempt for the rights of Palestinians is clear.

The meeting raises serious questions about the UK Government’s commitment to its obligations under international law, and its willingness to promote and enforce even its own policies regarding Israel and the Palestinians. If May followed the rules of her own government, she would slap an arms embargo on Israel, not roll out the red carpet for its leader.”

See full article on The Independent.

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Stop Arming Israel events December 2016: Oldham, Shenstone and Crawley

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Protesters in front of a factory hold up a banner saying "UK: Stop Arming Israel"

Campaigners calling for a two-way arms embargo on Israel will hold coordinated events at sites in the UK connected to Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms company:

Stop Arming Israel campaigners give Elbit a run for its money

“Battle-proven…in over 40,000 successful combat missions.” This boast appears in a promotional video for the Hermes 900 series drones. It’s a frequently repeated phrase used by the Israeli weapons company Elbit Systems to market its military products. Elbit Systems, one of Israel’s largest arms companies, showed this video at the Farnborough International arms fair in the midst of Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Protesters linking arms and holding a placard saying "UK stop arming Israel"
Photo credit: War on Want/Rich Wiles 2015

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Arrest arms dealers, not peace campaigners

by Vyara Gylsen

A policeman drags a woman away from a military truck with graffiti on it
The author was arrested outside DSEI arms fair in September 2015 for writing with an erasable marker on a military vehicle’s window.

I was arrested in September 2015 for criminal damage to a military vehicle by writing on it “arms tested on children” with washable ink. It happened during demonstrations against the DSEI expo, one of the world’s largest arms fairs. I must have really hurt the tank’s feelings judging from the way the police rugby tackled me. It is as though I would damage it beyond repair and make it inactive in battle using my dry-wipe marker.

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Case against anti-drone protestors collapses

Case droppedAll charges against 19 anti-drone protesters have been dropped, after the Crown Prosecution Service admitted there was no realistic prospect of conviction.

The 19 were arrested for protesting at UAV Engines Ltd, in Shenstone, Staffordshire, on 6 July 2015, one year after Israel’s attacks on Gaza in 2014.

UAV Engines Ltd is wholly owned by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company manufacturing military drones used to attack Gaza.

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Stop Arming Israel action against the DSEI arms fair

Protesters hold a "Stop Arming Israel" banner in front of the ExCeL centreIn September, DSEI, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs, took place in London’s ExCeL centre. Israel’s three largest arms companies – Elbit, Israeli Aerospace Industries and Rafael – were present at DSEI 2015, and an Israeli national pavilion inside the fair hosted many smaller Israeli arms companies. In addition to Israeli arms companies, the country’s major arms suppliers were there: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and ThyssenKrupp among many others.

But DSEI was challenged with daily creative direct action, as activists held a week of action ahead of the fair to block equipment from entering the fair. Continue reading “Stop Arming Israel action against the DSEI arms fair”

New report details ‘carnage in Rafah’

A wrecked ambulance surrounded by debris and damaged buildingsAmnesty International’s new Black Friday report details evidence of horrendous war crimes committed by Israeli armed forces against Palestinian civilians during the summer 2014 assault on Gaza, and recommends that “all states should suspend the transfer to Israel of arms, munitions, weapons and military equipment”.

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Arming Apartheid

Arming Apartheid report coverArming Apartheid: UK complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people details how trading arms with Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law.

Act Now to Stop Arming Israel: Join the call for an immediate two-way embargo on the arms trade with Israel.

The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014, in which 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children) were killed, was only one example of Israel’s indiscriminate acts of violence against the Palestinian people.

Yet UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by the occupying Israeli forces.

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